Data encryption is a term we’re hearing more frequently in today’s world, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. As data becomes more valuable to companies, cybercriminals are deploying new tactics to get a hold of it, often using the information gained from data breaches against companies and individuals.
If cybercriminals have ever attacked your business, you already understand the important role data encryption plays in cybersecurity. Even if you haven’t, understanding the fundamentals of data encryption is essential to staying safe in our digitally dependent society. Let’s begin by clarifying what we mean when we talk about data encryption. Then, we’ll explore some of the advances in encryption technology that will keep your data secure in the future.
Data encryption is the process of digital data being translated into a complex code using encryption algorithms. This code can only be read, encrypted, or decrypted if you have the decryption key. Organizations use data encryption to ensure the secure transmission or storage of private or confidential data.
But the purpose of data encryption goes beyond secure storage and transmission. It also includes message authentication and integrity that verify the message’s origin and confirm it was not changed since being sent. Authentication and digital signatures provide an additional layer of data security for sensitive information, and the advances in encryption technology will continue to expand on this framework.
Many encryption systems are designed to only allow permissible users to access files. These platforms use encryption keys that turn unreadable data into readable information once a credentialed person gains access.
Key-based encryption programs are adequate but lack the sophistication and mobility a cloud-based enterprise needs. With the rise of the mobile workforce, companies must adopt more effective encryption methods to protect their critical data.
Now that we have a clearer understanding of what data encryption means for you, let’s get into some of the advances in encryption technology we’re most excited about. Below, you’ll find a few types of encryption and cryptography that will raise the bar for data security.
1. Quantum Cryptography
Quantum cryptography uses photons of light and the principles of quantum physics to physically move data between a sender and recipient. Because information is transmitted using light, it cannot be intercepted, copied, or cloned. With the help of quantum mechanics, it can be sent so that only the intended recipient can read it without altering the data. No additional level of encryption would be necessary because the data would be useless if intercepted by anyone other than the recipient.
2. Honey Encryption
Honey encryption doesn’t rely on traditional encryption approaches. Instead, it deters cybercriminals by making them think they’ve gained access to your network or data when, in reality, they have only obtained false or irrelevant data.
3. Facial Recognition Encryption
We’re already beginning to see the foundations being laid for facial encryption. As facial recognition technology advances, we expect to see facial encryption become a fundamental way of protecting access to sensitive information.
4. Homomorphic Encryption
Traditional encryption methods create a point of vulnerability when you encrypt a message and again when you decrypt the data, even with a private key. Unfortunately, we have to decode data in order to access and use it. Homomorphic encryption seeks to tackle this problem by allowing you to access and use encrypted data without ever having to decrypt it in the first place.
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